Danbury Visiting Nurse Association (DVNA) Holds Flu Shot Clinic as Part of National Influenza Vaccination Week
Danbury Visiting Nurse Association (DVNA) will host three flu clinics during National Influenza Vaccination Week. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance, established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2005, to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. This year’s observance will take place December 5–11, 2010.
Clinics will be held at the Danbury VNA office at 4 Liberty Street on Monday, December 6, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In addition, free vaccines will be given to the homeless population during the Project Homeless Connect event being held on Friday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University, Berkshire Hall, 181 White Street, Danbury.
Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu such as older people, young children, people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions and certain other long-term health conditions, and pregnant women. However, even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Although influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, activity usually peaks in January or later. The 2009 H1N1 outbreak, during last flu season (2009-2010), was first recognized in April 2009 and was more serious for younger people than seasonal flu usually is.
The most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine. This season’s flu vaccine contains the vaccine for H1N1 so only one vaccine is necessary. Danbury VNA will hold flu clinics throughout the month of December. The DVNA offers standard injectable vaccine, high-dose formula for those 65 and over, preservative free and nasal mist for children and adults. For a full schedule and to register for a clinic visit DanburyVNA.org or call the flu hotline at 203-730-5239.